Muharram moon sighted, Ashura on Nov 25

Published: November 15, 2012
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Special security measures have been taken with regard to activities during the holy month. PHOTO: FILE

Special security measures have been taken with regard to activities during the holy month. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The moon of Muharramul Haram 1434 AD has been sighted in the country and the Ashura would fall on Sunday, November 25, Express News reported.

The moon sighting marks the beginning of a new Islamic year, which starts from November 16.

Special security measures have been taken with regard to the activities that take place during the holy month.

Cinemas, hotels, CD and music shops will remain closed in some parts of the country.

In Karachi, around 50 religious leaders and orators have been banned from entering some of city’s districts. These individuals have been asked to not attend any religious gathering or make any speeches during this period.

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  • Farooq Rehmani
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:59PM

    wo Mohammad ka piyara nawasa
    jisne sajde me gardan katadi

    I wish all of my shia brothers , a peaceful holy month.
    May God bless everyone who loves humanity.Recommend

  • Nov 15, 2012 - 6:07PM

    November 25 ?!

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  • praveen
    Nov 15, 2012 - 7:10PM

    You guys keep on sighthing moon , all around the year. Rest of the world will be landing on other planets. What a pathetic society.

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  • Awan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 7:43PM

    @praveen
    I wonder what is going through the mind of a champion of rest of the world when he is browsing through a news-website of a pathetic society?

    And considers obliged to comment!

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  • Ali
    Nov 15, 2012 - 7:45PM

    It had to be the weekkennnddddd!

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 7:57PM

    @Farooq Rehmani:
    And the rest be ready for traffic jams, diversions, delays, forced business closures, etc.

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 7:57PM

    @praveen:
    Don’t be jealous.

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  • Ayaan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 8:00PM

    There go the public holidays (since 9th & 10th will now be on a weekend).

    @Natasha: The new year/month starts from Nov 16th (tomorrow), but Ashura (10th Muharram) will fall on Nov 25th.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 15, 2012 - 9:59PM

    @praveen: Sighting moon to determine start of month is no different to sighting clock to determine start of next day. Islamic calendar is a Lunar calendar and hence the sighting of the moon critically determines the temporal reference for the calendar.

    Try to understand your own earth and moon before claiming ‘other planets’ my friend :)

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  • Syed
    Nov 15, 2012 - 10:05PM

    @Hairaan. I won’t be surprised that people like you exist. You must be from Pakistan.

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  • Genius
    Nov 15, 2012 - 10:31PM

    This moon was seen 24 hours ago in Mauritius on the evening of Wednesday Nov. 14, 2012.
    Cosequently in all countries East of Mauritius the firstday will be Friday Nov. 16, 2012 whereas in Mauritius and in all the countries West of it all the way to the Americas the firrst day is Thursday.

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